This hour-long dance performance symbolizes the slow demise of our planet, while proffering the belief that there is still hope for our survival. EARTH is an immersive experience – original choreography, costumes, music and lighting will provide a cohesive experience to draw the viewers in and elicit strong emotions.

In a visual, physical and auditory “wake up call” to the impact of our actions on global warming, Eryc Taylor Dance (ETD)’s EARTH is a collaborative dance event incorporating original choreography by ETD Artistic Director Eryc Taylor and five past recipients of the company’s New Choreographer Grant, a platform offering young, aspiring NYC-based choreographers the funds needed to create and present a new dance work.

Grant recipients Gierre Godley of Project 44, Aaron McGloin of Aaron McGloin Dance, Jordan Ryder of RyderDance, Eryn Renee Young of XAOC Contemporary Ballet and Robert Mark Burke of Robert Mark Dance will each create new choreography for the 2019 premiere of the seven-part EARTH program. Each of five choreographer’s work will be previewed in a workshop presentation series at Martha Graham Studio Theater, 55 Bethune Street (Greenwich Village) in NYC. Performances will begin with Robert Mark Burke’s Earth is Created, at 8pm on Friday, March 29. Tickets are free with suggested donation.

The ETD choreographic grant recipients will each receive 21 hours of studio space for rehearsals and will be assigned a composer with whom to create original music. Composers Salomon Lerner, Daniel Tobias and Gerald Busby have committed to the project. Eryc Taylor Dance will also provide the choreographers with costume designers, prop/multimedia specialists.  and ETD dancers for the performance. Choreographers will be selecting "guest" dancers from each of their companies.

All EARTH workshop presentations will begin with a ten-minute “behind the scenes” video and will conclude with a question and answer session. The workshops will continue through fall 2019.

Eryc Taylor will choreograph the opening and closing segments of EARTH, The Big Bang and Earth on Life Support, to be first shown at the EARTH world premiere.